Iowa reports another 881 coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total over 80,000

Staff reports

One person with COVID-19 has died in Iowa and there have been an additional 881 confirmed cases, the state reported Sunday. 

At 10 a.m. Sunday, the state was reporting 1,265 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of one since the state's tally at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the state's website. 

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

The state was reporting at 10 a.m. Sunday that there are 80,009 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 881 since 10 a.m. Saturday.

The state has been changing how it reports testing data, which has caused spikes in the rate of positive data. Before the changes, the state was consistently reporting a positivity rate, that is, the percentage of tests that were positive, below 10%. Iowa also is now counting the results of antigen tests, a relatively rapid type of coronavirus tests, that will increase the reported rates of infection in some counties.

On Sunday, the state was reporting 10.8% positive since the pandemic started. Of the tests the state has reported since 10 a.m. Saturday, 21.2% were positive, according to a Des Moines Register analysis. Iowa's 14-day average was 8.7% positive, according to the state.

These were the Iowa counties that had 14-day averages above 15%:

  • Sioux (30.1%);
  • Lyon (23.5%);
  • Osceola (21.8%);
  • Crawford (21.2%);
  • Plymouth (19.9%);
  • Winnebago (17.1%);
  • Sac (17.0%);
  • Henry (17.0%);
  • Ida (16.2%);
  • Woodbury (15.2%).

Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered that at least 50% of instruction at Iowa schools must be held in person. For K-12 schools to be considered for a state waiver allowing for online-only instruction, districts must have a 10% absentee rate and the county they are located in must have a 14-day coronavirus average of at least 15%.

Of the 80,009 people who have tested positive, 57,512 have recovered, according to the state. The total number of people tested is 737,980, including 5,581 on Saturday.

On Sunday, the state was reporting 269 hospitalizations, down from 282 on Saturday. In the past 24 hours, 46 patients have been admitted. Also, there are 73 patients in the ICU, down from 81 on Saturday.

The Des Moines Register uses data from the Iowa Department of Public Health to report daily totals of Iowans tested for the coronavirus and Iowans who have tested positive for the virus, as of 10 a.m. each day. Since the pandemic began in spring, the state has made changes and corrections to how it reports that data and the data does not always agree with numbers reported from other sources.

More: COVID-19 maps and charts track cases and data in Iowa and across the U.S.

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